Signs That You May Need a Tooth Extracted
By Southwest Dental Group
January 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

You may need a tooth extraction if your teeth are crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma. Drs. David Defurio, Stephen Norovich, and Richard Defurio in Racine, WI, perform dental extractions, an oral surgery procedure, and can tell you more about them.

What does a tooth extraction procedure consist of?

If trauma from a sport and/or overcrowded teeth are the reason you need a tooth extraction, then your doctor will need to do the following:

  1. Examine the severity of the situation and schedule an appointment for the tooth extraction.
  2. An anesthetics will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth.
  3. Your doctor will extract whatever is left of the natural tooth.
  4. They will stitch the extraction area and place gauze to stop bleeding, and help with blood clot formation.

How to care for you teeth after the procedure?

Don't eat or drink for a few hours. Don't use a straw. Use painkillers if needed and avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic beverage after the procedure. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Racine, WI, doctor if you're suffering from severe pain, it may be a dry socket (blood hasn't clotted properly).

What are the benefits of oral surgery?

  • Keeps natural teeth intact
  • Restores ability to bite and chew
  • Prevents jawbone degeneration, or deterioration

How do you care for your teeth?

To reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction from diseases, here are some preventative measures to follow:

  • Floss before bed and make sure you floss between each tooth and in hard to reach places like molars.
  • Stop bad or poor habits like smoking, and chewing tobacco.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to improve your chances of having healthy teeth.

Do you need a consultation?

If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call your Racine, WI, dentists, Drs. David Defurio, Stephen Norovich, and Richard Defurio, today.